Saving Part of Our National Identity

» Desaree Rosskopf

“I want to bring a fresh perspective to historical debate and further establish the place of a Christian academic in a secular field” – Desaree Rosskopf

A prisoner-of-war camp from World War II had fallen into disrepair and vandalism. During her undergraduate studies, Desaree Rosskopf [BA Hons. History 2016] fought to preserve and restore Camp 30 in Bowmanville, Ontario. Her impassioned efforts caught the attention of parliament, and she presented her ideas before government leaders at the National Youth Ambassador Caucus.

Sites such as Camp 30 tell important stories about our culture and national identity. “Canadians have a rich military history and grand accomplishments,” says Desaree. “I wanted to preserve and explore that.”

Desaree graduated this spring and will continue to explore her passion for Canadian military history at the Master’s level at the University of Western Ontario, where she has also accepted a position as Teaching Assistant. She plans to earn her PhD, and knows she can exercise her passionate faith to help make a difference in the field of history. “I want to bring a fresh perspective to historical debate and further establish the place of a Christian academic in a secular field,” she says.

Photo Credits:
Header photo by Suzanne Schroeter (CC-BY-SA-2.0)
Story photo by Karen Longwell, Northumberland News